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MercyCorps Girl Centered Design

Course Schedule

Course Details

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    2-3 hours per week
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Powered by Mercy Corps, GirlSPARKS is a global training and coaching hub, using girl-centered design to help practitioners build their skills, knowledge and approaches to deliver more effective programming to marginalized girls in challenging environments. Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. Through GirlSPARKS, Mercy Corps is committed to helping grassroots practitioners at different levels of capacity to improve, consolidate and spread good practices with the ultimate goal of benefitting adolescent girls and their communities.

About This Course

In this four-module course, you will be introduced to Girl Centered Design and have the opportunity to practice some of the steps with your own design team. Through this course, you will understand why a focus on girls is essential to solving the problems in many communities, and you will learn how to design a solution for a problem facing girls in your community by working with the girls you are designing for.

Course Topics

  • Module 1: Why Girls & What is Girl Centered Design?
    Understand the power of evidence in making a case for the need to work with girls to solve their problems.
  • Module 2: Find Her
    Identify the problem you want to solve and which girls you should serve given this problem.
  • Module 3: Listen to Her
    Gain new methods to learn from experiences of girls so that your interventions best address their barriers.
  • Module 4: Design with Her
    Work with girls to design solutions to their problem.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is an introduction to a girl centered program design process. No prior experience in design is required. Any organization, even one that does not exclusively target girls, will find this course useful. Learning the principles of best practice program design and considering gender specific beneficiary needs is something that all organizations can benefit from.

You will need a device that allows you to watch to videos, access course materials, and upload your assignments.


The University is a non-degree, diploma or credit granting initiative. Philanthropy U, Inc. is the concept developer and sponsor of the initiative. Learners are not entitled to earn college or other academic credit.

Learners are eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement for this course. To earn a Certificate of Achievement for this course, you need to earn more than 50% of possible points on quizzes and assignments to obtain a passing grade. Quizzes are worth 15% of your total score, while assignments are worth 85%.

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